I live in a warmer climate, and my air conditioner is crucial to my and my family’s comfort. However, during the hottest part of the year, having my air conditioner running constantly tends to drive my energy bills through the roof. This year, I wanted to do something different so I wasn’t blown away by my energy bill each month. I decided to purchase a smart thermostat with zone control. A smart thermostat is connected to the internet, and can be programmed via an app on my phone, tablet, or PC. Programming and automating my air conditioner is a great way to make sure that I am cooling my home as efficiently as possible, and that my air conditioner is only running at the times when it will be most effective. Thanks to my smart thermostat, I can make sure that my air conditioner is never running when no one is home, which was one way that helped to greatly reduce my energy costs. Zone control is the ability to direct the flow of cooled air around my home to the desired rooms, so that no energy is wasted on treating a vacant room. Zone control is achieved via a series of valves installed within my existing ductwork that can open and close based on where I want cool air to flow in my home. The installation was quick and non-invasive, and was finished in an afternoon. Ever since I purchased a smart thermostat with zone control, I have noticed a great decrease in energy costs each month. Talk to your HVAC professional to see if a smart thermostat with zone control is right for you!